Composer vaghy releases granum album, shares ‘vita’
vaghy, Philip Glass, Gabríel Ólafs, Òlafur Arnalds
Image credit: Norbert Pandur Balogh
From a seed to a tree, vaghy has raised his new album from the ground up, watering the germ until it grew into a full-sized project, available via Théque Records. Containing 9 modern classical tracks, granum, as it is named, is a conceptual work: the pianist composed it, from start to finish, in one sitting. But why did he do this? Why not just create the work over time, bit by bit?
“The goal of the album was for the songs to be part of the whole,’ he said. “I saw a way to do this: if the album is recorded in one play. This happened. The disc was recorded on 05/23/2022 in one recording starting at 10:35. Preparing the album in my head and recording it required so much concentration. I couldn’t sit down to play the instrument for a month after.”
The lead single ‘vita’ is a rather sad-sounding composition. Not in the sense that the work is bad, but rather it seems emotionally worn out, blue, even. Somewhat muffled, the piano notes convey their emotion in a way that makes them seem as though they are crying. Each motif is a bitter sob and every arpeggiated bass note, in sympathy, makes known its sombre understanding.